Chemtrails? You should know about GeoEngineering


What are Chemtrails? Are they real? Despite the abundance of public evidence to demonstrate a very real and definitive answer, this debate rages on. Every once in a while, arguments will spring up on social media over this topic, and it is usually rooted in the idea that someone knows a pilot in the family who has not been exposed to it. Frankly, that’s a silly position.

Do you have questions about the long skinny clouds that form and remain long after a plane has passed? Recently, I was asked if I would be willing to write an article on the topic and provide a different perspective on the debate. So, are these lines in the sky simply contrails, or are these chemical trails? Let’s see if I can help clear this up.

Story at a Glance

  • Chem-trail is just a layman’s term for things like stratospheric aerosol injection, cloud seeding, weather modification, solar radiation management, and Geo-engineering (etc.).
  • These processes are not new, and they do involve dropping chemicals such as silver iodide from aircraft.
  • In certain amounts, such chemicals can be harmful to people, plants, and animals.
  • Universities, private businesses, and the government are not only aware but also involved. However, it’s probably not as sinister as some make it out to be.
  • Evidence can be found throughout the media; if you know what to look for.

First, what is a CON-trail? A contrail is a trail of condensed water from an aircraft or rocket at high altitude, seen as a white streak against the sky. Hence the name – Condensation Trail or Contrail. The NOAA explains it like this:

Contrails form when hot humid air from jet exhaust mixes with environmental air of low vapor pressure and low temperature. Vapor pressure is just a fancy term for the amount of pressure that is exerted by water vapor itself (as opposed to atmospheric, or barometric, pressure which is due to the weight of the entire atmosphere above you). The mixing occurs directly behind the plane due to the turbulence generated by the engine. If condensation (conversion from a gas to a liquid) occurs, then a contrail becomes visible. Since air temperatures at these high atmospheric levels are very cold (generally colder than -40 F), only a small amount of liquid is necessary for condensation to occur. Water is a normal byproduct of combustion in engines.

Some people get worried because of how long contrails hang around after the plane has moved on. Numerous books on the subject suggest that contrails can last anywhere from less than a second up to several hours. It all depends on the atmospheric conditions and, of course, the plane’s altitude. The thing to remember is that contrails are basically clouds. In fact, when you consider the overall makeup, contrails are very similar to cirrus clouds.

However, the question you need to ask yourself is how contrails can remain longer than a couple of hours in a sky that is cloudless or has few clouds in the first place. Other questions might include why it always seems to rain within a day or so of the sky being filled with these trails? Is there something else to consider? Is it a conspiracy? What about those clouds with the pretty little rainbow in them?

The CHEMtrail? According to the chemtrail conspiracy theory, long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately being sprayed for sinister purposes and remain undisclosed to the general public. To clarify, a chemtrail is a Chemical Trail.

The answer to whether or not this is real is simple enough, but let’s define the question first. You could ask yourself several questions right now, but let’s start at the beginning: Are any aircraft spraying anything like chemicals at high altitudes?

Well, if you ask the experts, that answer is a resounding yes, and the information proving this is all over the place! In fact, this practice is commonplace and is “well-entrenched across the West and Midwest,” according to guys like Arlen Huggins, a scientist with the Desert Research Institute.

Chemtrail or Contrail?

So are the conspiracy theories true, then?

Well, sort of, but it depends on how you want to look at it. As usual, it is not an “all or nothing” situation. Understand that this activity has been going on for a long time already.

The University of Michigan was writing about this as far back as 1970. But yes, airplanes over the West and Mid-west are indeed spraying chemicals into the sky, but what we need to figure out is what are these planes spraying and why?

To find these answers, we must first ask, “what are they spraying?” Let’s get back to Arlen Huggins. Once again, he’s a scientist with DRI who has stated it is commonplace. But instead of asking him, let’s look at what he does and who he works for. Let’s explore the DRI website.

Reviewing the website, we see a heading called “Cloud Seeding Program.” Clicking on that, we see quite a bit of information to explore; we just need to know what to look for. For example, according to the DRI website:

The DRI Cloud Seeding Program is operated by the Division of Atmospheric Sciences, located in the Northern Nevada Science Center (NNSC), Reno, Nevada. The DRI cloud seeding program originated as an outgrowth of DRI weather modification research programs funded through USBR and NOAA.

It also says that as “a form of weather modification, wintertime cloud seeding is aimed at enhancing snowfall in mountainous regions to increase the snowpack, resulting in more spring runoff and water supplies in the surrounding areas.”

Picking up on a lot of critical keywords like “Atmospheric,”weather modification,” and “cloud seeding,” we can begin to explore other information sources. When you search “weather modification,” you also see words like “Geo-engineering.” And when you search out “Geo-engineering,” you see the word “cloud seeding” once again. We are starting to close the circle here. These terms all seem related, and things are starting to become a little clearer.

Further research shows us that during the process of cloud seeding or weather modification or “Geo-engineering,” aircraft ranging in size from small prop planes to the large Boeing 747 attempt to bring rain to parched farmland by dispersing particles of silver iodide or solid carbon dioxide (or other elements) into rain-bearing clouds – at least according to sources like the Encyclopedia Britannica (if you trust them). Still, other academic sources suggest the same thing and say that silver iodide can be dropped or “seeded” into clouds to produce or increase rainfall. We are finally getting somewhere now! The terms seem confused, but things are adding up. In fact, we can easily research how states like California have recently turned to “cloud seeing” too due to their drought situation using this very same technique.

A drawing of how cloud seeding can be achieved.

The New York Times has even reported that “Idaho Power, which generates much of its electricity from dams, has been using cloud seeding since 2003, at a cost of about $850,000 per year for its main program in the Payette River area, officials there said.”

So planes fly around, dumping chemicals like silver iodide into the sky? That sounds a lot like what the conspiracy theorists have been saying. Can this be real? Can they be right?

Getty Images – Weather Manipulation (Cloud Seeding)

Amanda Zive of California State University reported that Silver iodide is today’s most common substance used for cloud seeding. In fact, companies like North American Weather Consultants proudly display one of the many techniques to do it on their website. It should be noted, though, that “most common” also suggests that there are other methods or chemicals. But this seems like a good time to point out that quite a few people know all about this.

This is all very transparent so far. Nothing hidden and nothing sinister has been found as of yet. So perhaps the term chemtrail caught on because people didn’t know what else to call these trails or maybe didn’t know what these groups were doing. So if everything is so open, surely these chemicals being dumped out of the planes are not hazardous, right? Before we decide for sure, let’s revisit the conspiracy: that these long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for sinister purposes undisclosed to the general public.

We now know that silver iodide is being deliberately sprayed, but is it for a sinister purpose? According to several sources, even the CIA helped fund a study by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that investigates whether humans could use Geo-engineering to stop climate change. However, this doesn’t point to anything sinister, and such actions are not just government directives. As mentioned earlier, universities across this nation seemed to be involved in it, and so are other countries around the globe. It was even reported that the Beijing Weather Modification Office spent a lot of time researching how to prevent rain in the city with similar methods during the August 8 opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

All this information seems to point to the attempt to stop or control climate or weather change and to increase or even decrease rainwater. Sure, chemicals are being sprayed, but that doesn’t sound so sinister… minus the climate change debate, of course, and ignoring how something like this could be weaponized. So what’s the big deal?

Perhaps we should address the chemical or biological issue itself. We read earlier that these planes were attempting to bring rain to parched farmland by dispersing particles of silver iodide. So what is silver iodide, and is it harmful?

This is where the story takes a turn. Yes, Silver Iodide is classified as a chemical. According to the chemical charts that you can find all over the internet and in the chemistry books in your schools, etc., you will find that silver iodide acts as a fungicide, an herbicide, and a microbicide (Plant killer, bacteria killer, and fungus killer). Remember to hone in on keywords.

However, the more we research this chemical, the more we see that it may not be so safe. It is well documented that the major hazards encountered in using and handling silver iodide stem from its toxicological properties. Silver iodide is toxic by all routes (i.e., inhalation, ingestion, and dermal contact). Being an herbicide means it will kill plants (crops), too, do define irony that it is used specifically to bring water to plants.

And according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other peer-reviewed materials, “exposure to this toxic, odorless, light yellow, crystalline substance usually occurs from its use in seeding clouds for rain-making, as a photosensitive agent in photography, as a local antiseptic, and as a chemical intermediate.”

Wait!! What? So a toxic chemical is being dumped into rain clouds? What happens when these clouds release their water? Are we in danger?

The inside of a large jet outfitted with ballast barrels?

Great Question! According to the Handbook of the Toxicology of Metals (2nd ed. Vols I, II.: Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., 1986., p. V2 523), the emission of silver iodide crystals during cloud seeding has been estimated to result in a silver concentration in the air of about 0.1 ng/cu m. And again, silver iodide is toxic by inhalation, ingestion, and dermal contact. This means that it is hazardous to breathe, hazardous to eat or drink, and hazardous to the skin. So if silver iodide remains in the air for us to breathe, or is rained down on our crops and skin, or is released into our water supply, what do you think that means? “Depends on the amount!” is often the retort. But consider this: people are still attempting to justify the use of Fluoride, even though the Lancet (the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal) has classified it as a dangerous neurotoxin, on par with Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury. So take the “depends on the amount” argument for what it is.

Are we starting to see the bigger picture? Still, despite the numerous outlets to prove this is a real issue, some refuse to acknowledge it. They do not want to believe that anyone would engage in something that could be hazardous to their health or crops. And all of this even though there are companies that seem to be doing pretty well by making heavy metal-resistant seeds and how the medical community is doing a good job treating symptoms often associated with exposure. After all, effects from exposure to silver iodide include skin rashes, conjunctivitis, headache, fever, hypersensitivity, laryngitis, and bronchitis (etc.).

The funny part is that all of this is well-known in academia and in government circles. They have even created a season for it. Let’s take Texas for example. “In 2012, the cloud-seeding season lasted 209 days, beginning on March 19 and continuing through October 13. Most (88 percent) of the total of 162 missions occurred from May through September. In all, a total of 353 individual thunderstorms were treated.”

Each of the cloud seeding projects uses specially-equipped aircraft designed to place seeding materials (in the form of pyrotechnic devices, or flares, containing silver iodide and other compounds) into convective towers (turrets of growing thunderstorms) to induce them to expand and process more atmospheric water. The seeding is achieved by burning flares either mounted on the wings of single and twin-engine aircraft or held in racks, and dropped (ejected), from the underside of the aircraft fuselage.

Royal Malaysian Air Force personnel conducting cloud seeding operations

It’s not a conspiracy theory when no one is hiding it! So why is the public not aware of this?

Because they refuse to read, look up into the sky, listen to reason, or take the time to research? It’s hard to say why they would deny something so obvious and prevalent. Of course, it is not exactly something the government or any other entity advertises. But again, it’s not anything that is really being hidden, either. There are companies like Weather Modification Incorporated (and others) proactively trying to make a living doing it.

So is this all a big deal? That is really for you to decide. Obviously, some people do not think it’s a big deal because they refuse even to acknowledge the reality of it or engage in the practice of it. Others take it to a whole new level as though THIS is what is going to cause the end of humanity. But somewhere in the middle are those who have a legitimate concern about the long-term effects of low-dose exposure to these chemicals – as in what are the long-term effects on our crops and personal health regarding exposure to these known toxic chemicals?

Regardless, it should be very apparent now that the idea of Chemtrails is not exactly a conspiracy theory at all. It is simple: Cloud seeding = weather modification = Geo-engineering = Chem-trails – are very real. We are surrounded by facts, diagrams, companies, government funding, etc., to demonstrate this. Just look at what has to say about it.

“The most common sponsors of cloud seeding projects include water agencies, municipalities, operators of hydroelectric power facilities, agricultural or ranching interests, airports and recreational interests such as ski areas. An increasing number of sponsors are incorporating cloud seeding as an integral part of their ongoing water resource management strategies.”

“Over its history of 50 years, modern cloud seeding has involved projects of various types in nearly 50 countries around the world. Some individual projects have been in operation nearly continuously for decades, with a few operating for nearly fifty years. As water needs increase world-wide, the demand for weather modification services will also increase.”

So feel free to call it a conspiracy theory if you wish. It does not make it any less real! As you can see, chemicals are being dumped from aircraft, which means that the idea of chemtrails is very real. It seems the only real debate boils down to terminology.

My questions often revolve around how much this chemical gets to us via runoff, direct saturation, or indirectly through our foods. That I do not know, but it is not hard to speculate. As we just learned, in Texas alone, they run hundreds of missions each season. Compound this by numerous states or even globally, and you can see that it adds up quickly. Of course, this is just what we know about.

And no, this article doesn’t address other situations, experiments, or elements such as the aluminum and barium being dropped, HAARP, or even what is known as “chaff.” Still, now that you know there is something to look at in the first place, you can dig for the rest of the story. There is plenty to look at. Do some research for yourself. I’m just letting you know it’s real.

Want an idea of where to start? You could always look up things like “stratospheric sulfate aerosols” or “solar radiation management.” Or visit sites like and see that they provide supertankers for weather modification as a service.

Again, there is a reason why this is not common knowledge, which should probably seem weird to you right about now. The question is, “why?” To answer that for yourself, you might want to read my article titled “Avoid the Astroturf – It’s Dangerous.” It’s about the manipulation of people and why it happens.

Geo-Engineering in the News

Here are just a few of the articles that I have run across that demonstrate this reality. If my article didn’t demonstrate my point well enough, perhaps the following will. There really is no debate at this point. You are either aware of the truth or you are not looking at it.

UPDATE: 6/13/23

WSJ – Cloud Seeding Makes Hot Comeback as a Solution to Drought
KEZI – How cloud seeding could help combat drought in Oregon
Fortune Business Insights – Cloud Seeding Market Emerging Trends

UPDATE: 11/21/21

The Washington Post: As the first winter storms rolled through this month, a King Air C90 turboprop aircraft contracted by the hydropower company Idaho Power took to the skies over southern Idaho to make it snow. Flying across the cloud tops, the aircraft dropped flares that burned as they descended, releasing plumes of silver iodide that caused ice crystals to form and snow to fall over the mountains. In the spring, that snow will melt and run downstream, replenishing reservoirs, irrigating fields, and potentially generating hundreds of thousands of additional megawatt-hours of carbon-free hydropower for the state.

UPDATE: 8/15/21

Harmful to aquatic life?

UPDATE 12/3/20

Reuters: China has frequently made use of cloud seeding technologies to relieve droughts or clear the air ahead of major international events. It has also been building a weather modification system in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Asia’s biggest freshwater reserve, to pump large quantities of silver iodide into the clouds to increase rainfall.

UPDATE 7/27/20

Alberta Severe Weather Management Society: The society operates weather radar stations at the Olds-Didsbury airport, three planes in Springbank, and two in Red Deer. When a possible hailstorm is identified, its pilots fly into action to “treat” the clouds with silver iodide and smoke particles.

Update 6/22/20

AccuWeather via Yahoo News – A wing-mounted generator emits particles of silver iodide as circular fields of crops are seen in the distance as Scott Bryant flies a cloud seeding mission for the Western Kansas Weather Modification program August 28, 2007, near Lakin, Kan. The program aimed to reduce crop damage from hail by saturating storm clouds with silver iodide particles. 

Update 5/5/20

North Korea Tests Cloud Seeding – “The method, known as cloud seeding, typically involves releasing flares of silver iodide from an aircraft’s wing to generate more ice particles in a cloud. The process has been used for decades, usually involving a piloted aircraft.

Update: 3/1/2017

MIT: Geoengineering Gets Green Light from Federal Scientists
Pacific Standard: Geo-engineering: A Dangerous Tool or Climate Control of the Future?
Harvard Gazette: Mitigating the risk of geo-engineering
NBCNews: Geoengineering Effort Could Pose Big Problem for Astronomers
New York Times: White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming

Cantech: Geo-engineering will be a necessary evil, says United Nations body World leaders warned of existential risks in new report
EcoWatch: Geoengineering Unlikely to Work
Space: Geoengineering Earth’s Atmosphere: How It Could Affect Astronomy
F.T.: Scientists grapple with geo-engineering plans

Update: 08/03/16Chemtrails are Greatest Threat to Life on Earth-Dane Wigington

Update: 06/29/16 – VALIDATION

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC – including the following:

Another example is the array of technologies—often referred to collectively as geoengineering—that potentially could help reverse the warming effects of global climate change. One that has gained my personal attention is stratospheric aerosol injection, or SAI, a method of seeding the stratosphere with particles that can help reflect the sun’s heat, in much the same way that volcanic eruptions do.


Update: 10/29/15

National Program in Weather Modification

Geoengineering-Fast Track to Total Disaster & Total Collapse

Etc., etc…